Emergency Housing

Lookout Society

Address: North Shore Housing Centre -705 West 2nd Street
North Vancouver, B.C., V7M 1E6
Phone: 604-982-9126
Fax: 604-982-9127
Website: https://lookoutsociety.ca/
Dovercourt (Abstinence-based Living Residence)
1606 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 2B4
Phone: 604-770-0469
Fax: 604-770-0712
Email: dovercoord@lookoutsociety.ca

Lookout Housing and Health Society provides non-judgmental, non-sectarian, services to adults who cope with a wide variety of challenges including mental illness, addictions, chronic health conditions (including HIV/AIDS), physical disabilities, social dysfunctions, legal concerns or more frequently a combination of issues. Currently, Lookout operates shelters, transitional, independent and permanent supportive housing, drop-in resource centres, outreach, and health services from our 32 sites in 11 municipalities.


Seniors Services Society’s – Housing

Address: 750 Carnarvon St,
New Westminster, BC V3M 1E6
Phone: 604-520-6621
Email: housing@seniorsservicessociety.ca
Website: http://www.seniorsservicessociety.ca/hhome.htm

Seniors Services Society provides information on housing options for seniors (60+). We are not a housing provider nor are we able to provide housing placements; however we have experienced and knowledgeable staff who can provide information that will help you to find appropriate housing. Seniors Services Society is the only non-profit society working specifically with seniors to assist them in finding appropriate housing.


North Shore Crisis Services Society

Address: 154 West 3rd Street
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-987-3374
Fax: 604-987-5396
Email: sage@nscss.net
Website: https://nscss.net/

North Shore Crisis Services Society is to promote a secure and abuse free environment for women and children.

Programs Include:

– 24 Hour Women’s Support Line
Contact SAGE House or talk to somebody 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: 604-987-3374
– Sage Transition Housing
– Outreach Services
– Homeless Prevention
– Adolescent and Child Empowerment
– Good Stuff Connection Clothing Program and Thrift Store


The Shelter and Street Help Line – 211

Phone: 211 (no area code, just dial 2-1-1) – 24 Hours
Email: help@bc211.ca
Website: http://www.bc211.ca/

The Shelter and Street Help Line provides free, confidential phone service for information and referral regarding community resources related to homelessness, including shelter bed availability, meal services, financial assistance, medical assistance, mental health services, addiction programs, transition houses, advocacy and legal help, free and low-cost goods, and housing search assistance.

Shelter List for:
– Lower Mainland http://shelters.bc211.ca/bc211shelters
– Greater Victoria http://shelters.bc211.ca/bc211VictoriaShelters


North Shore Youth Safe House (Hollyburn Family Services)

Adress: #300-10524 King George Blvd.
Surrey, BC
Phone: 604-496-7997
Fax: 604-987-8122
Website: https://society.hollyburn.ca/index.php

North Shore Youth Safe House (NSYSH) provide unique services in response to existing and emerging community social needs on the North Shore.

– Youth Safe House – If you or someone you know is a North Shore youth, aged 13-18, needing a safe place to stay, call our 24-hour toll-free line at 1-877-78-YOUTH (1-877-789-6884) to speak with someone who can help. The Safe House is staffed by caring and friendly youth workers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Using an Integrated Case Management approach skilled youth workers provide the community supports required to meet the complex needs of high-risk youth.

Other Services Include:
– Victim Support Program
– Seniors at Risk Housing
– Youth Leaving Care
– Youth Life Success
– Youth Wired 4 Success


Seniors Homelessness Services (Hollyburn Family Services)

Adress: #300-10524 King George Blvd.
Surrey, BC
Phone: 604-496-7997
Fax: 604-987-8122
Website: https://society.hollyburn.ca/seniors_ar_housing.php

Services Provided:

Seniors at Risk Housing – Hollyburn’s Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach Program provides assistance to seniors (over 55) that are homeless, or at risk of losing their homes. This includes seniors with complex needs around health, mental health, addictions, elder abuse, and financial management. Outreach workers are available to help find appropriate and affordable housing, fill out application forms, make connections to income supports, and provide referrals to mental health care or primary healthcare providers as needed.

Community Action Initiative – “Honoring Our Past, Nurturing Our Future” combines mentorship training, group development and a food cooperative based on intergenerational collaboration between seniors (55+) and youth (19-24). Funded by the Community Action Initiative, this program is a community based, collaborative project in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association (North Shore branch), Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Capilano University and North Shore Neighborhood House.


Magnolia House (Vancouver Coastal Health) Short Term Mental Health Facility

Address: 720 East 17th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 2W8
Phone: 604-984-2789
Fax: 604-984-2629
Website: http://www.vch.ca/locations-services/result?res_id=978

Magnolia House is a community-based mental health facility that provides short-term psychiatric emergency and crisis intervention. Our mandate is to provide rapid, urgent, voluntary, short stay, residential placement and mental health/psychiatric treatment for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses, and in crises. We also provide respite services as well as a safe, supportive environment where clients have the opportunity to discuss their current needs and problems.

Services are provided in a home-like setting with the least disruption to client’s life, occupation, and natural support networks. We provide information and referral to relevant community resources to enhance the client’s existing support systems. Stays typically do not exceed ten working days. This program is operated by Vancouver Coastal Health’s North Shore Acute Psychiatric Services.


Lookout – Emergency Shelters

Address: North Shore Shelter
40 beds in North Vancouver.
705 West 2nd Street
North Vancouver, B.C., V7M 1E6
Phone: 604-982-9126
Email: nsshelter@lookoutsociety.ca
Website: https://lookoutsociety.ca/

Lookout’s shelters include 341 beds in nine shelters that serve Vancouver (both the Downtown Eastside and Central Vancouver), Surrey, the North Shore, Abbotsford and New Westminster. Lookout makes a concerted effort to focus on case plans and work with clients to find suitable housing options – a challenge given the lack of affordable housing in the Lower Mainland.

Offers 45 short-term, emergency shelter beds to North Shore adults over 18 years of age who have no other housing options. Also offers 25 co-located, transitional housing suites for those who are already regular habitants of the shelter. 24-hour staff address housing, financial, and mental/physical health and addiction issues through crisis intervention, case planning, and referral/liaison services. Meals are provided. Wheelchair accessible. Pets are welcome. Clients must call first or be referred.

This society operates shelters which provide free accommodation and food and also provides services including support, crisis intervention, advocacy, liaison/referral, planning, needs assessment, free phone and internet access, laundry and liaison/referral services.
Lookout services include shelters, supported housing, and outreach services as well as transitional and permanent supported housing, emergency shelters together with health and community services to vulnerable adults.

Administration Office:
544 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 1B1
Phone: 604-255-0340
Email: info@lookoutsociety.ca
Website: www.lookoutsociety.ca


YWCA – Emergency Housing Resources

Address: 535 Hornby Street,
Vancouver BC
Phone: 604 734 5722
Fax: 604 879 7120
Email: lrupert@ywcavan.org
Full Guide: https://www.ywcavan.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/Emergency-Housing-Resources.pdf

– Vi Fineday Family Shelter
– Saint Elizabeth
– Sheena’s Place
– Powell Place Shelter for Women
– Family Services of Greater Vancouver Safe House
– Kate Booth House
– Durrant Transition House
– Ministry of Human Resources after hours line 604-660-3194

Full Guide:


Vi Fineday Family Shelter Society

Address: 1906 15th Ave W,
Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-736-2423
Fax: 604-736-2330
Email: viffss@vcn.bc.ca
Website: http://vcn.bc.ca/viffss/

Vi Fineday Family Shelter Society provides 24-hour emergency accommodation for families, single women, single parents (male or female) with their dependent children, and couples without children; 18 beds available in dorm-style bedrooms; not wheelchair accessible. Provides three meals and two snacks daily. Small lockers and bus tickets may be available, although there is no room for carts. A case manager helps clients with resources to find housing and employment; clients have access to internet, phones, and a fax. Zero tolerance for alcohol and drug use; must be clean two weeks prior to admission. Accepts referrals from other agencies and self-referrals. Funded by BC Housing.


Aira Women’s Resource Society

Vancouver Office
Address: #201, 190 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-681-4437
Fax: 604-688-1799
Email: info@atira.bc.ca
Website: http://www.atira.bc.ca/

Aira Women’s Resource Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children.


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